Posted on Aug. 25, 2022 by Lauren Garitee

After a public crisis, communities do everything they can to come together and support those affected. Often times, this puts a focus on involved agencies and what their responses to situations would be.

Agencies across the nation will also have some pressure on them from their own communities asking, “Are you prepared if this were to happen here?” In these cases, having a proper community response is crucial.

One effective and engaging way to respond is to showcase the intensive training that the department goes through to make sure they are prepared for a crisis.

Communications Options

Agency communications divisions have options in how they could present their crisis training to the public. Whether through social media posts, in-person presentations or more – departments should choose the method that works best for them and simultaneously engages their audience

Using  social media could look like posting videos of teams walking through their exercises, pictures of officers actively training, quotes from teams and trainers about the benefits that their training is having on them, and more. Social media presents a variety of ways to share this content.

Inviting community members to participate in training exercises may also be effective. Citizen’s academies are a great tool for this. Teams and trainers would be able to  explain the benefits of their training while also teaching and training citizens in some of the stressful situations officers face.

Educating the public is another great tool. Agencies could host this event, equipped with a presentation explaining the training and having teams and trainers go up and share their testimonies. It is also a good way to bring the community together post-crisis.

There are various ways to execute this and each way would show the community that agencies are committed to their safety and that they are there for them in hard times.

Realistic Simulation Training

Departments should have the best quality of situational training set in place for their teams.  When a crisis presents, officers can respond quickly, effectively, and safely for everyone involved. making sure to get as many people home safely as possible.

VirTra’s training simulators are equipped with our nationally-certified curriculum, V-VICTA®. This curriculum includes training scenarios such as Active Threat/Active Killer (ATAK), Crisis De-escalation, Contact and Cover Concepts, and more. Each scenario is built with extensive branching options for officers to learn how the split-second decisions that they make can drastically change any situation.

Teams explore the scenarios in our fully immersive simulators, making them feel like they are on an active scene and experiencing it in real life and real time. Realistic training is of utmost importance when training for a crisis and VirTra’s simulation training implements that for departments so that they are ready to protect themselves and their community at all times.

To learn more about VirTra’s training, contact a specialist. Stay safe.

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